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Take part in ‘Language of the Month’

Learning a language is about much more than remembering grammar rules and memorising words. It’s about discovering new, exciting cultures and a fresh perspective on the world.

So join us here at busuu.com as we take a look at a different language every month! We’ll journey through each one, focusing on the linguistic differences as well as the cultural ones.

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Get social and get involved

How does it work? During a whole month, we’ll dedicate posts across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to one of the 12 languages we teach on busuu.com. And we want you to get involved!

We’d love to hear about any crazy phrases or curious facts you might have about each Language of the Month. So make sure you join in the fun to discover something new about your favourite language.

Learn a language, jump into the culture

You’ll learn unusual words and phrases, and find out fun things that you won’t hear in the classroom or language classes. We’ll help you fire up your passion for each language, boost your motivation and learn faster – almost without realising it!

We’ll explore the different countries where each Language of the Month is spoken, as well as finding out interesting (and sometimes unusual) facts. You’ll learn language tips and discover new music, food and other cultural aspects.

Spanish – our first Language of the Month

We’re going to kick things off with Spanish, spoken in Spain and throughout Latin America. It has nearly half a billion speakers worldwide and it’s the second most widely used language on Twitter.

So if you’d like to know the difference between ‘estupendo’, ‘regio’ and ‘chévere’, discover Spain’s 12 cultural treasures or find out how to cook ‘mole’ (and what it is), follow busuu.com on  FacebookTwitter and Google+ ¡Hasta pronto!

Imitation is the key to learning languages

Did you know that if you mimic someone’s accent, you’ll be able to better understand what they say? As playwright George Bernhard Shaw once said: “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.”

That’s what psychologists at the UK’s University of Manchester and Holland’s Radboud University discovered in a study in 2010. The results showed that imitating the person you’re talking to helps your speech comprehension.

So for language learners, this means it’s best to practise your conversation skills with a native speaker.

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Imitation speeds up learning

In the 1970s, American psychologist Andrew N. Meltzoff identified so-called ‘social learning’, where people or animals observe and then copy their companions.

“Imitation accelerates learning and multiplies learning opportunities”, he noted. “It is faster than individual discovery and safer than learning by trial and error.”

 

Practise talking with a native speaker

So if you want to learn a new language, don’t just study books. Make contact with native speakers to set up a language exchange – you’ll learn, have fun and make new friends, all at the same time!

People who want to learn at any time and anywhere have met native speakers from all over the world on busuu.com, the online language-learning community. Its integrated video-chat function makes it easy to log in and start talking.

 

Hot tip for learning even faster

Don’t simply imitate your partner’s way of speaking, accent or intonation; try to mimic their gestures and facial expressions too. Not only will you sound like a native speaker, you’ll also act like one!

There are so many benefits to learning a language like this. As well as having a great time and enjoying interesting conversations, you’ll practise your observation and socialising skills.

Tell us what you think! What languages have you learnt by interacting with native speakers? What extra benefits have you found? And do you have any tips for successful conversations?

Celebrate our 5th birthday with our top 5 learning tips!

On 16 May 2013, busuu.com, the world’s largest online language learning community, will celebrate its 5th birthday!

It has been a fun and exciting journey over the past 5 years, and we are now joined by over 30 million users worldwide, learning up to 12 languages with busuu.com.

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 To mark this momentous occasion, we have compiled our Top 5 language learning tips!

Here are the top 5 busuu.com learning tips to help you find fresh motivation: 

  • Set a goal - Easily track your learning progress with My Goal to see how often you should study each week to reach your aim.
  • Have a ‘foreign language’ day - Immerse yourself in the culture of the language you are learning – for example, watch a movie in the original version, listen to songs or cook a typical meal.
  • Read a newspaper or watch our Live Units – Pick out an interesting topic and write a review about it. Your desire to express your opinion will give you extra motivation!
  • Talk to native speakers – This is an essential part of learning. Not sure who to talk to? Try out busuu-talk and have a conversation with a native speaker!
  • Be brave – Everybody makes mistakes when learning a foreign language, so help out others by correcting their posts. They will do the same for you!

 

Feeling inspired?

As it’s our birthday, a very special occasion, why not complete our special occasions learning unit “I wish you…” and test out your language skills today!

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Learn vocabulary even faster!

To become comfortable with new words, practise by using the word in your writing, speaking and everyday thoughts.

The more you use and think about new words, the better you can remember them. In order for a word to become a part of your vocabulary, you have to use and hear it in several ways.

The key to building up a good vocabulary is to be curious and to keep practising what you have learned.

This is why we have introduced CheckpointsCheckpointsa simple new feature that will help you to learn new words and phrases and remember them!

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In addition, here are our top tips for you to remember new words:

  1. Practise saying the word and listen to others to get the pronunciation right.
  2. Try to learn the word and its meaning the first time you see it.
  3. Practise writing the word and its definition often.
  4. Take advantage of Checkpoints, our new tool to help you to remember new words.
  5. Vary the words: Try to make them plural and use them in different sentences.
  6. Repeat the word many times in your mind!
  7. And ALWAYS have fun learning new words!

CheckpointsCheckpoints is only available for Premium membersPremium! Upgrade to Premium today to take advantage of this great new feature!

Update: busuu.com collaborates with NGO in Cameroon

As you probably already know, in September 2009 we won the European Language Label for innovative projects in language learning.

The award was compensated with 1,500 EUR, which we donated to the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. The money was used to construct a classroom for underprivileged children.

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The work has now been finished, and we are very proud that we could make our small contribution.

Christmas is the perfect time to help others, so if you are also interested in supporting the impressive work done by CAPEC, you can find more information here. You can collaborate in several ways like sponsoring a child for a school year, financing summer programs for the orphans, or even volunteering in their school as a teacher.

We already wish all of you, the team of CAPEC and the little children from their school a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!